Adam Peaty has signed up to Strictly (Picture: BBC)
It’s shaping up to be quite the year for Adam Peaty – first an Olympic gold medallist, and now a Strictly star.
The swimmer is the latest seriously impressive signing for the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up, just weeks after he claimed gold for Team GB in Tokyo.
Peaty began swimming as a child to get over an acute fear of water, and began to take the sport seriously at the age of 17.
His first senior event was the 2013 European Short Course Swimming Championships where he achieved three personal best times.
The 26-year-old is still riding high after defending his Olympic title in the 100m breaststroke in July with a time of 57.53 seconds, winning Team GB’s first gold of the year.
Peaty then won a second gold in the mixed 4 × 100 metre medley relay, setting a world record time of 3 minutes 37.58 seconds together with Kathleen Dawson, James Guy and Anna Hopkin, and also won a silver medal with Duncan Scott, Luke Greenbank and James Guy in the 4×100 men’s medley.
After retaining his gold medal in the breaststroke, Peaty became the first British swimmer ever to retain an Olympic title, and when he won the gold at the 2016 Olympics, it marked the first win by British male swimmer in 24 years.
Peaty is an eight-time World Champion, a sixteen-time European Champion and a three-time Commonwealth Champion, and has been named European swimmer of the year six times.
As if that weren’t enough, the Uttoxeter-born athlete holds the world record in 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke events.
So yeah, you could say he’s pretty good at swimming.
Following the Olympics Peaty announced that he would be missing next month’s Internayional Swimming League, saying he would be taking a month-long break.
He said: ‘It isn’t a normal job. There is a huge amount of pressure. I’m taking a break because I’ve been going extremely hard for as long as I can remember. I’ve averaged two weeks off a year for the last seven years.’
Outside of the pool, Peaty is a dad to 11-month-old son George, who he welcomed in September 2020 with girlfriend Eirianedd Munro.
He met Eiri, 23, as they both studied at the University of Loughborough.
Peaty joins a line-up featuring McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Peep Show star Robert Webb, presenter AJ Odudu, Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite – who will be making history in the first same-sex male pairing on the show -, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson, Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies, Coronation Street star Katie McFlynn, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, chef and presenter Tilly Ramsay, actor Greg Wise, actress Nina Wadia and EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, who is the first deaf celebrity to compete on the show.
The two final celebs will be announced on today’s edition of Loose Women and tonight’s episode of The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.Credit: Source